The hard work put in at the beginning of the season is starting to pay off for the Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek, and Whitnall (FMOW) gymnastics team. Starting in November, the gymnasts work for 2.5 hours every day, 6 days a week at Altius gymnastics and FHS in order to get into peak condition. During practice, gymnasts work on their desired event whether it be bars, floor, vault, or beam and have time to perfect their skills while at Altius. After practice 2 days of the week, the gymnasts condition by lifting weights and running through the halls of FHS.
In December, the team started competing and will continue to compete until their state competition in March. Dual meets typically occur once a week from January until March with invites being held on the weekends. The invites are held at other high schools/gyms in the area or if the FMOW gymnastics team is hosting, Altius gymnastics. The team has consistently placed in the top 3 at invites and they have won many of their dual meets. Their best score of the season has been around a 147.5, which is the best in the state for the season. Scores are calculated by adding all of the individual’s scores in each event together to create one cumulative score for the team. Some of the top scorers on the team are Erin Scholz, Sam Balcerak, and Krystal Nelson from Muskego and Holli Anderson from Oak Creek. The team has their conference meet on February 18th at Mukwonago, sectionals on February 25th at Waukesha West, and state on March 4th at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.
Gymnastics is a hard sport to perfect because you have to fine tune all the little details and take risks to learn new skills. Brianna Tobin, a gymnast on the team says, “I have learned so much about hard work and dedication. Additionally, I’ve learned to push myself to my absolute limits, because it is such a mental as well as physical sport. I’m pleasantly surprised when I achieve a new skill, especially this season as I am seeing myself grow more than I ever have before. Not only has gymnastics shown me my capability as an athlete, but it has proved how the power of determination can carry me in everything I venture to achieve.”
Franklin Athletes on FMOW
Come support your FMOW athletes at one of their upcoming meets:
February 13, 2016 Nordentoft Invite (JV and Varsity)
February 18, 2016 Mukwonago-Conference
February 25, 2016 Waukesha West HS- Sectionals
March 4, 2016 Lincoln HS- Team State